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mask smile

Opinion—Kindness around campus: smiling beneath the mask

Akasha Khalsa April 8, 2021

While necessary for protection against COVID-19, masks seem to force a sense of anonymity. Not just because they hide more than half of the recognizable features of the face, but also because they conceal...

selfish communicator

Opinion—Stop being a selfish communicator

Akasha Khalsa January 26, 2021

You’ve probably had the misfortune of knowing someone or having someone in a class or being forced to sit next to someone at an event, who just won’t shut up. This person wants to talk about politics,...

emotional vulnerability

Opinion—The importance of emotional vulnerability in strengthening friendships

Katarina Rothhorn October 12, 2020

I spent my first week as a freshman in college during the COVID-19 pandemic orienting myself on campus, trying to figure out how hybrid classes worked and leaving my dorm room as much as possible, hoping...

man listening through a tin can

Opinion—The lost art of listening

Adan Mulvaney September 21, 2020

I used to wonder quite often about what made some people better conversationalists than others. Was it their life experiences, I asked myself, their confidence, or their emotional intelligence? After...

emojis having trouble communicating

Opinion—COVID-19’s impact reaches how we relate to one another

Adan Mulvaney September 10, 2020

In the past six months, we have all watched our way of life slowly change and develop into something that we can now call normal. When the social distancing guidelines first came out, it felt foreign...

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